Severe weather warning issued; freezing rain expected

The Weather Network is warning Albertans some severe wintery weather is going to show up soon.

The Weather Network is warning Albertans some severe wintery weather is going to show up soon.

Edmonton and parts north could see up to five cm of snow beginning today, Thursday Oct. 13, while parts south of the capital region could see freezing rain. All of this could end up creating treacherous road conditions.

According to the Weather Network, “The first in a series of weather systems from British Columbia will move through northern Alberta today. An area of snow will develop in the Peace country near noon and track eastward into Saskatchewan this evening. 2 to 5 cm is expected with this system in areas north of Edmonton.

“The next low pressure system is stronger and will spread snow and freezing rain into west central Alberta by Friday morning. An area of heavy snow will develop near the Alberta elbow and move eastward, north of Edmonton, towards Cold Lake. 5 to 10 cm is generally expected, however locally amounts may reach 15 cm. Meanwhile, south of Edmonton, freezing rain forming in the Rocky Mountain House and Airdrie regions will intensify and track eastward to the Lloydminster and Coronation regions. Freezing rain will change to rain as the warm front pushes northeast Friday afternoon and end by evening as the system moves into Saskatchewan.

“As details concerning the intensity and track of the systems become clearer, warnings may be issued for heavy snow or freezing rain.”

Locals planning outdoor activities or anyone intending to travel should plan accordingly.